Petkovic: The decision to ban the import of Serbian goods into Kosovo threatens basic European values

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Source: Kosovo Online

The Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija, Petar Petkovic, told TV Most that the decision by the Government of Kosovo to ban the import of goods from central Serbia, made a year ago, is shameful and scandalous.

He stated that this measure grossly undermines the most basic European values: the free movement of people, goods, services, and capital.

Even after a year and despite Serbia's appeals to the European Commission and other relevant institutions, there has been no progress, Petkovic said.

"This is a shameful, scandalous decision that has been in effect for a year now, with no one doing anything to force Kurti to abandon such a scandalous decision. If Serbia or Belgrade had done something like this, I don't know what they would have done to us. I don't know how they would have crucified and punished us again. But when Albin Kurti does this, when the so-called Kosovo, the West's darling, does this, everyone remains silent and pretends to be completely unaware, even though it is a violation of the most basic European values on which the European Union itself is based, namely, the free movement of capital, goods, people, and services. This means that the four types of freedom are directly threatened in Kosovo and Metohija," Petkovic emphasized.

He added that some sort of discussion is ongoing between the EU and Kosovo, within the framework of the Stabilization and Association Agreement, and that the issue of freedom of movement should be the first and main topic to discuss European integration at all.

Petkovic stressed that the ban on Serbian goods causes millions of euros in damage, with the people in Kosovo, according to him, suffering the most consequences due to Kurti's decision, especially being deprived of basic necessities and other goods from central Serbia.

"Such a decision has been in effect for a year, and although we are the only ones talking about it and continually addressing the European Commission and other relevant institutions within the EU, there has been no progress, and in the end, it turns out that everything Kurti does against the Serbs is silently accepted," Petkovic concluded.